About Penang

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Introduction

 

o     Penang: “The Pearl of the Orient" lies off the northwestern coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The state comprises the island of Penang, covering an area of about 285 sq km and a narrow strip of approximately 760 sq km on the mainland known as Seberang Perai (Province Wellesley), which is separated by a channel 3 km wide at the closest point.

They are linked by the
Penang Bridge and a cross-channel ferry service. Its population of more than 1 million represents a happy mix of the major races found in Malaysia with the Malays making 32%, the Chinese 59% and the Indians 7%. Penang’s maze of narrow streets offers an insight into the past where little has changed since the days of the East India Company. This is the place to ’get lost’ amongst joss stick shops, fresh noodle makers and other old crafts.

 

o     Georgetown: At the northeastern tip of the island is the seat of administration and is also the commercial hub of the state. This bustling metropolitan city combines the best of the east and west as seen in its fine old buildings, each bearing the stamp of different foreign influences in its colourful history. Much of its charm lying in its famous golden beaches and calm warm seas, Penang today is a resort island in full bloom - an idyllic playground for worshippers of the sun and sea. Its multiracial population contributes to a wealth of cultural attractions and festive celebrations for visitors to witness and enjoy.

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